Responsibility of High sides to ensure integrity of cricket is Maintained: Brian Lara : Cricket, News

Highlights

  • If Colin Croft shoulder-barged an umpire Lara raised the 1980 series against New Zealand

  • Lara confessed of being “humiliated” when a Collection of umpiring decisions helped West Indies defeat Pakistan in 1988

  • He also raised both series against Pakistan in 1988 along with England in 1990

West Indies legend Brian Lara has predicted on the top sides in world cricket to “to ensure that the integrity of the match is preserved”. Delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture in Lord’s, ” Lara explained that the top sides of earth have a responsibility to “reveal the way and guide the way” where the game is played.

“The highest-ranked team in the world has the obligation to ensure that the integrity of the match is upheld every single time they play,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Lara as saying.

“And that the soul of cricket is with them whenever they enter the area,” he added.

The 48-year-old believed that there were occasions in the 1980s and early 1990s when the tactics used by the West Indies sides led to these “playing the match in a way it shouldn’t ever, ever be played.”

The legendary cricketer added said that despite West Indies dominating in that period of the match and being used to victory after victory, he was “not very proud of” that time.

He raised the notorious 1980 series against New Zealand if Colin Croft shoulder-barged an umpire and Michael Holding kicked over the stumps in shock. In addition to this, in addition, he raised both series against Pakistan in 1988 along with England in 1990 when he suggested West Indies.

“I grew up in a time when West Indies dominated the world. For 15 years in 1980, the West Indies never lost a Test series. And just before that, Colin Croft decided he was planning to take a piece from Fred Goodall’s shoulder and then ran into him during a Test Match,” he said.

“Michael Holding decided he was no longer a cricketer, he was a footballer and he kicked a stump. I’m convinced the phenomena during this period had a large influence on cricket,” he added.

The former left-handed batsman confessed of being “humiliated” when a set of umpiring decisions helped West Indies defeat Pakistan in 1988.

In addition, he referred to occasions at the 1990 series against England and implied that seeing his heroes act in such a fashion was “one of the saddest moments in the world”.

“As a West Indian, I was really embarrassed. As a young cricketer who seemed up to a good deal of those individuals in the group, it was among the saddest moments in the world,” he said.

“For me personally, I believed the West Indies being the best group in the world required to play cricket at a different manner,” he added.